The man talking on the phone was Dr. Marty Natalegawa, the Indonesian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations (PTRI). Of course I recognized him as everybody in Indonesia seems to know him. We can easily see his face or his comments on TVs or newspapers. He was a famous Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before appointed as the Indonesian Ambassador to United Kingdom. Now, he is currently the head of our mission in New York.
What a surprise to me. Coincidently, I was planning to visit him in his office and present him one of my books about Maritime Boundaries. I think the book will be quite important for him as a diplomat. It seemed to me that it was a good time to say hello and introduce myself. I waited until he finished talking on the phone and completed his paper work. “Selamat siang Pak Marty!”, I said and of course he was surprised. “Selamat siang!” he said before accepting my hand shake. I then told him briefly about me and informed him about what I am doing in New York.
The short conversation gave me an impression that he is a really nice person. He showed me his interest concerning the area I am currently working. I told him my idea to present him a book of mine and he was happy for that. He then asked me to contact his secretary for arranging a meeting. “I want to know more about the topic”, he said.
Pak Budi, his secretary, tentatively arranged a meeting for me with Dr. Natalegawa on Tuesday, 9 October 2007 at 5 pm. It is to me a great chance for networking and also for real contribution to Indonesia. See you on Tuesday.